Our History

Arcola Covenant Community was launched with Reverend Matthew Na as lead pastor on January 1, 2008 as the merger between the two previous English ministries of Arcola Korean United Methodist Church AKUMC: Trinity Christian Fellowship and The Alpha Group.

Trinity Christian Fellowship TCF was the English ministry of AKUMC consisting of young professionals and college students, many of whom were Reverend Na’s youth group members in the early 2000s.  The Alpha Group consisted of a more mature demographic, accommodating for a growing number of English speaking families. As the number of TCF and Alpha Group congregants began to increase, Reverend Na and the church leadership decided to combine both English-speaking ministries into one.

As the name suggests, Arcola Covenant Community was envisioned as a Christian community united by a covenantal relationship with God and with one another. As God continued to bless ACC and grow the congregation, Pastor Kenneth Hwang came on board as the Associate Pastor in early 2012.

After Reverend Na took a leave of absence in summer 2013, Reverend Sam Park came on as lead pastor in September of the same year. Under our church leadership, ACC members are equipped and empowered to live out the mission of “building a Christian community where the covenant of God is revealed in an active engagement with the world.”